AURORA, Colo. (April 20, 2010) – Several students in the University of Colorado Denver’s new BA/BS-MD program will receive School of Medicine scholarships—thanks to a new endowment funded by a bequest from former University of Colorado medical researcher Jean Baughman (BS ’58, CU-Boulder).

The bequest is currently valued at approximately $1.6 million in cash but includes other assets that, when liquidated, may add roughly a quarter million dollars more to the total. Baughman made this commitment, facilitated by the University of Colorado Foundation, in 2000 in honor of her stepfather Charles Henry Hargreaves, MD, who himself received two CU degrees including from the School of Medicine in 1950.

Baughman had worked in the hematology lab at the School of Medicine for several years after graduating from CU-Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology. After a career at CU and later in New Mexico, she retired to San Antonio, Texas, passing away in 2008.

The scholarships, to be awarded in perpetuity, will be distributed to students entering the School of Medicine as part of CU Denver’s BA/BS-MD program—a new CU Denver program that combines four years of undergraduate schooling on the University of Colorado’s Denver campus with four years of medical training at the School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

This BA/BS-MD program is aimed to attract top Colorado students, and help them pursue careers as primary physicians in underserved Colorado communities without incurring large debt loads. The first cohort of BA/BS-MD students begins this eight-year program in Fall 2010.

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